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Spend a little more on a printer, save a fortune on ink!December 12, 2014
Holy snowstorms, can you believe all that? It's funny... we get the same thing every year, but it's always such a shock the first time - you'd think we'd never seen snow before! Kidding aside, I hope you got through it okay.

So back to my subject, why would I actively try and decrease our InkJet sales? Well, three reasons:
  1. Buying ink cartridges each month is expensive and a little annoying
  2. We don't really like inkjet-based printers and don't use them ourselves
  3. The business is appreciated, but the eco waste is a bigger problem


Back in 1989, I disliked inkjet-based printers so much I had an $1800 laser printer in my apartment. People thought I was crazy spending that kind of money on a printer, but it served me well, getting over 10 years use from that trusty old HP Laserjet IIP. I bought a $50 black toner (dry ink) every two years and never looked back. I've bought lasers for work and home ever since, and have been extremely happy with their low-cost consumables and next to zero maintenance costs.

So if you're like me and are tired of the high cost of replacement ink, please contact us. We'll recommend a nice, affordable laser printer for your application, that'll be cheap to run, providing consistent quality all the way.

Thanks,
Greg Stapells


Yet Another Mac Attack...November 5, 2014
It's another sign of Apple's success and growing marketshare: over the past few days we've been seeing another rash of malware targeting iOS. As Apple grows in popularity and consumers jump on-board the platform, unfortunately cyber-criminals looking to exploit those consumers do too.

This most recent attack slithers onto systems, interferes with network access, inserts unwanted ads into normally ad-free pages, and is generally a pain (see actual screencaps from an infected machine to the right.) If your Mac has been acting strangely or having intermittent issues lately, it might be worthwhile checking for unwelcome guests inside. Cybercriminals aren't just out to interfere with the use of your computer - they're usually after your personal information (like account logins and passwords, credit card information, etc.) It pays to be proactive, or if you're already infected, at least rapidly reactive.

Signa offers a full range of services for your Apple products - sales, service, repairs, upgrades and also malware removal. We're happy to examine any machine that may be misbehaving, and we'll get it fixed up for you and back to full health in very short order.

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


MAC Compatibility - MYTH or FACT?October 29, 2014
So, is there a real benefit to you syncing your Apple products with a MAC? We say no. Here are some misconceptions:

  • iPhones and iPads sync better with MACs - Do you know that PCs sync as well if not better with iPhone and iPad? (esp MS Outlook)
  • MACs are easier to use - This is a good one. Unless you're a kid or have been using them all your life, I disagree. Many business software requires a PC, esp for accounting and engineering
  • Speed! Newer MACs with SSDs are pretty quick, as are new PCs. PCs edge the MACs out in bang for the buck so to speak. MACs can be as fast but generally cost 50-100% more than a similar PC
  • MACs don't break or get viruses - They don't get as many, that's for sure, but we're seeing increased numbers of MACs with malware, especially those annoying pop-ups.
  • MAC's are better looking machines - we agree, they DO look great! The PCs are catching up in the looks department but would still give the edge to MACs
  • I just want a MAC - Okay, we understand, and we sell MACs!

So, come compare and let us guide you as to the best computers based on your needs. We'll help you with all of your compatibility needs and ensure all of your devices are ready to use with no issues. At Signa, we too are collaborators, and always here to assist in connecting you to the right decisions! Call or click, Peace of Mind at your service!

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


Men and Women are Hardwired Differently, Computers Aren't Much Different!October 22, 2014
So, you may ask, WHY? Why hardwire your system? Well, like the experts tell us, sustainability, reliability and most of all.....PERFORMANCE! Why is the trend moving away from wireless networks for your home office you ask? If you want supreme performance without any hiccups, interruptions or lagging, well, think about hardwiring your network. It's proven to be a much better long-term strategy, and will guarantee that you have less issues and more productivity over the course of time. In fact we're installing more hard-wired systems than ever before as small business owners are realizing the huge benefits - and what's really important is the reduction of radio emissions!

The experts say "Wireless networks may be convenient, but wired networks beat Wi-Fi in every other way. Wired networks are faster, they're always reliable, and they're secure. Unless you're sitting on the couch with a laptop, or connecting a Wi-Fi-only device, wired ethernet is the better way to go. Cables run inside or through walls to get you solid internet where you need it, also increasing the value of your home."

As always, we're here to help, and offer you the best internet performance solutions for your home or office. Call us or pop in. We like "staying connected" to our customers, and when it comes to hardwiring ideas to suit your needs, we can fit into any budget. We offer great in-store or at-home service, the peace- of-mind is free. When performance matters, Signa is your source for all your computer needs.

For a bit of fun, I've included a YouTube video you may enjoy watching:
A Tale of Two Brains

Best Regards,

Greg Stapells


"Mainstream" just isn't for everyone...October 14, 2014
Are you someone who only does very basic things with your computer, like checking e-mail, surfing the web, and visiting Facebook? Are you looking looking to cut costs for a slightly cheaper PC? Well, one way to do that is to skip Microsoft Windows and try an alternative operating system (OS) like Linux!



  • The Linux operating system is entirely free - and when the next version comes along, the upgrade is also yours for free at the click of a button.
  • Many applications (for just about anything you can think of) are also available for free, and can be downloaded and installed with just a couple of mouse-clicks. Better yet, all of them receive automatic updates just like the OS does.
  • Many popular web-browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are available for Linux (and those that aren't - like Safari - can be run under WINE.)
  • Microsoft-Office-Compatible office suites such as OpenOffice and Libre Office are yours for free at the click of a mouse, so you can do word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases at no cost!
  • Linux is highly customizable. Don't like the way something works? Change it! You can even choose which desktop environment you use (pick from KDE Plasma, Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, etc, or install several and choose which one you want to use at the spur of the moment on your login-screen.)
  • No need to give up gaming either... Did you know Steam is now available for Linux? There are already tons of games available for the OS, and more are added almost daily.
  • Enjoy "Security through obscurity"... worried about Windows Malware and viruses that are targeting the majority of computer users? They don't work on Linux!



So, if you're looking to save a few bucks, or just want to try something new, why not give Linux a try? Drop in and have a chat with us about it, as there are lots of options to choose from. You can even have Linux and Windows side-by-side on the same machine (called "dual-boot") so you can choose which OS to use when you power-up your computer. Take a step outside the Windows ecosystem, and discover what's possible today!

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


Your first look at Windows 10...!October 7, 2014
Those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest tech will be happy to hear that the Windows 10 technology preview is on the way! Whoa, wha...? We just had Windows 8.0 - what happened to Windows 9.0? Apparently, the "9.0" version number is being skipped to prevent older, non-conforming applications from confusing it with Windows 95. So, 10.0 it is!

And what an interesting update it's shaping up to be! Proving that functionality and usability is paramount, Microsoft is leaving no stone un-turned - apparently, even the Windows Command Line is getting a bunch of new features, including the ability to paste to it via CTRL+V, plus a half-dozen other little appearance and input tweaks that you can customize! Also new will be a dedicated Notification Centre where all of your apps will push notices and alerts to, and which you can control (ie. centralized and consistent, as opposed to the current situation where every application has its own custom notification method.) Speaking of control, you will now also be able to easily pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu and Taskbar - just right-click, and choose the option, bam - there it is! Explorer also has a new "Home" location that keeps all of your most-used folder locations, and the "Run" menu has been updated so that you can quickly pull up a list of recently-used files by typing the word "recent". Those of you who use multiple virtual desktops will be happy to hear that you now have shortcut keys available - Win+Tab to create/switch desktops, and CTRL+Win+Left or CTRL+Win+Right to move between desktops. And, finally, File History is now available in a tab when you bring up the properties on a file.

So, quite a bunch of changes lining up already, and all of them quite useful! Can't wait to give them a try? The Windows Technical Preview ISOs are available from Microsoft here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso. Have fun!. Have fun!

Best Regards,

Greg Stapells


Thanks for Sharing...!October 1, 2014
It's been another amazing month at Signa, and on behalf of the entire staff I would like to thank our customers for making our jobs fun and enjoyable.

Although everyone who works at Signa obviously enjoys computers and technology, we're also very much "people persons". We love to chat, and hear stories about the cool and creative things you guys are doing with your machines. A computer on its own doesn't do very much at all, but when you add the person (and their creativity) to the mix -- that's when the truly astounding stuff happens. So, here's a quick little thank you to all of our customers for taking the time to "talk shop" with us. It really makes our day! :)

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


Hacked! Even the cloud is vulnerable!September 9, 2014
I guess you've already heard of the celebrity hacking by now. Yes, famous celebrities had their iCloud accounts hacked releasing hundreds of private photos and videos to the public. When asked why, why they allowed confidential pictures to be uploaded to the cloud, the answer was almost unanimous: they thought it was safe, and didn't give it much thought. Tap the button Backup to iCloud and it's pretty much done.

Do you know another way to describe cloud storage? Backing up to someone else's hard drive.

By now many people have turned off cloud backup and wonder how they will manage data backup. The answer is almost as easy as iCloud: plug into iTunes and backup to a PC or mac. It's not as convenient, but at least your data remains on your hard drive and not someone else's.

These tips and other useful hints to keep your computers and information safe is what Signa is all about. Call us or come on in and we'll prove that our promise is delivering peace of mind. Hope to see you soon.

Kind Regards,
Greg Stapells


Make Back-to-School Less Taxing + Postcard in mailboxAugust 12, 2014
We're nearly at the middle of August, and it's time to be thinking about getting the kids ready to go back-to-school. We know how taxing that can be sometimes, so we've decided to take the "tax" out of the equation with this week's newsletter-exclusive special offer! Using the coupons below, you can get an open-box 32GB 4th-gen iPad or a factory-sealed Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Notebook -- and we'll cover the HST! Hurry in, as quantities are limited... no rainchecks.

Looking to save even more? Keep an eye on your mail box, as our summer postcard should be arriving shortly via Canada Post, complete with a coupon that will save you even more! It's been such a great summer for us, and we've decided to share the love.

Kind Regards,
Greg Stapells


Get Ready for an Amazing PC or Mac experience!August 6, 2014
With today's busy lifestyle and so many things on the go, we're often looking for ways to be more efficient with our time. Using a computer can help get more done in less time, as long as we're not waiting for the computer to catch up to us.

One of the best ways to improve how your PC or Mac desktop/notebook runs is to install an SSD or Solid State Drive. This replaces the older, slower mechanical HDD or Hard Disk drive.

Your old hard-drive is like a K-car... It's fairly reliable, but it's not the fastest, and it certainly isn't the quietest or most fuel-efficient either. An HDD is old tech, with spinning platters and moving arms that are slow, noisy, vulnerable to impact/jarring, and which eat-up precious battery power. In comparison, a solid state drive is like a new Maserati: blindingly fast, quiet, and super fuel efficient. An SSD uses ultra-fast memory for storage (like what's in your digital camera or iPad) so you'll realize up to 5X faster loading, rebooting, and start-ups. Also, there are no moving parts, so your battery will last much longer, the drive operates in complete silence, and there's no risk of physically damaging the drive and losing your data if you bump your desktop or notebook. Did we mention that it's so much faster you won't believe it's the same computer? There just isn't any comparison between HDDs and SSDs... one is slow old tech, and the other delivers cutting-edge performance.

To enjoy all these great benefits of an SSD, call or drop by and we'd be happy to help. We'll even help transfer the contents of your old drive to the new one, so (aside from the phenomenal speed boost, silent operation, and improved battery life) you'll never even know that anything changed.

P.S. The latest generation SSDs are twice as fast as the originals, so upgrading to a newer, larger (possibly less expensive) SSD could net you a nice boost in performance, while giving you the storage you need.

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


Don't fear as April 8 is near - So long Windows XP and Office 2003March 19, 2014
WHY?
Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?

According to Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Policy, products such as Windows and Office receive a minimum of 10 years of support, during which time they receive service packs and updates. Windows XP and Office 2003 support will end on April 8, 2014.

If your organization has not started migrating to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on past customer deployment data, most enterprise migrations take 18 to 32 months. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before support ends for XP and Office 2003.

WHAT?
What does end of support mean to customers?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, no hotfixes to deal with bugs, and no free or paid assisted support.
Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:


  • Security & Compliance Risks: being unsupported and unpatched means that you are vulnerable to security risks. This may lead to certification failure, and/or public notification of your organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of 3rd Party Software & Hardware Manufacturers support: Gartner Research notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.
  • Lack of 3rd Party Technical Support: Rogers themselves is also is stopping support on XP-based computers effective April 8th 2014.
Get current with Windows and Office. This option has an up-side well beyond keeping you supported. It allows employees to be more productive, and increases operating efficiency through improved security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

HOW?
How do I begin my migration?

For peace-of-mind without all the hassle, give the experts at Signa a call! In many cases, we can simply upgrade your old system with a current version of Windows, allowing you to enjoy the same level of security and support that you previously enjoyed with your old operating system. If your current hardware is too old to run a modern version of Windows, we can also help you find new hardware or hardware-upgrades that meet your current needs.


Kind Regards,
Greg Stapells


Sometimes Your Computers Need A March Break too!March 13, 2014
We know that Spring is just around the corner and the snow will soon be gone. We forget sometimes how busy we all get and how fast life moves. Sometimes, We all need a bit of a breather, a little downtime to relax and enjoy. It's been a cold and snowy March Break so far and as we were teased a bit this past week with some warmer weather, we thought we'd take this opportunity to thank you. We appreciate your kind words, neighbourly support and of course, your continued business.

With that in mind, here are some tips over the March Break to help warm up your day. Happy Spring!

Here are the top things to look for over the March Break and some fixes too.

  1. Does your web browser get stuck on "connecting" and seem to take forever to load a page?
  2. Do you frequently get pop-up messages saying "the following program has stopped working..." (windows 7) or program just won't run (Mac)
  3. Does your PC or Mac take a long time to start up or shut down?
  4. Do you have 2 or more little annoyances, things just not working the way they should with your computer?
  5. Does your WiFi often disconnect?


Here's what you can try to do to fix the problems yourself:

  1. Try uninstalling any unnecessary programs
  2. Disable any browser add-ons, especially toolbars
  3. Do all your Windows or Mac OS updates (especially in wake of a known virus)
  4. Un-install the affected program, re-install it, update it to the latest version and see if that solves the problem


If none of the above work, the last resort (and sometimes the quickest thing you can do) is to backup all your data, get your software lined up to re-install, de-authorize your itunes and any Adobe software like Photoshop, and DO A FRESH INSTALLATION OF YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM.

We're here to help with any of these issues. Please do not attempt my "last resort" recommendation if you're not completely familiar with how to back-up your PC (Windows Backup) or Mac (Time Machine). We'll be sure to keep you up and running smoothly. If you would be more comfortable having someone do this for you, we also provide at-home service.

As always we're a phone call away so give us a ring or come in for a visit.

Regards,
Greg Stapells


Why is My Computer So Slow When My Life is So Fast?March 2, 2014
You can't be too rich or too thin, but most importantly, you can never have too fast a computer. Why do we crave speed?

Today, we live in an instant society, and no one likes to wait for anything, especially when it comes to technology. The days of turning on your computer, going to make a cup of coffee, and coming back to a computer still loading are over. We need instant gratification. By the time you get out of your chair, your computer is loaded and ready go! People want information now and even if you're just doing email, surfing on-line or sharing photos, the need for speed is of vital importance.

The two questions we're asked most often is:


  1. "I've barely used my computer, why did it slow down?"

    In order to keep up with people writing malicious software, Microsoft and Apple must release weekly updates to plug security holes. We did a fresh install on a Mac the other day and had to install 2.5GB worth of updates. All those updates add to the time it takes to start up the computer, and to run your software. Each year that goes by takes its toll on speed, and by the time it’s 4 years old, you’ll need an upgrade, whether you’ve used it or not!
  2. "If I uninstall a few programs, would that speed up my computer?"

    It's commonly thought a quick cleanup and removal of software not being used will speed up the computer, but unfortunately that's not the case. We're back to the problem outlined above - the patched (updated) Windows or OSX operating system has, over the years, simply slowed down to the point of being unusable.


Lately, we've found our clients reluctant to replace that 3 or 4 year old Mac or PC and prefer to breathe a little life into their not-too-old technology. Thankfully there are things you can do to restore new or better than new performance. Call, email, or come on in with your computer and we’d be glad to help, either in-store or at your home.

Kind regards,
Greg Stapells


It's like comparing Apples and Oranges!February 11, 2014
Hello friends and MAC lovers. We just received a new shipment of best-selling and ever popular MacBook Airs and Pros. They're now in stock and on display here at Signa and ready for you to test drive. These MACs are great for the whole family and best of all, at great prices. Come on in and try them for yourself. We service MACs too so have no fear, we'll make sure your computer is ready to go and lasts for a long time.

Kind regards,
Greg Stapells


Traction and Performance - The Power of TwoFebruary 5, 2014
Old Man Winter is certainly alive and well! Having a four-wheel-drive car can give your vehicle a significant advantage in the snow, and in a similar manner, having certain computer components working in tandem can give your PC huge traction as well!
  • Adding a second hard-drive with RAID can give you peace-of-mind. Hard drives do fail occasionally, but with RAID and drive-mirroring, your important data is written on two separate storage devices simultaneously. If one device should fail, the other will still have all of your vital data -- safe and secure.
  • Into serious PC gaming and demand the highest resolutions? Still want liquid-smooth frame rates? It's time to upgrade your gaming rig to work with SLI or Crossfire - two technologies that allow you to install two GPUs and essentially bridge them, working together to render the game's visuals. This doubles your video performance, giving you an extreme edge.

  • Adding a second monitor can really change the PC experience. Constantly fighting with multiple windows that cover each other is not the solution... a second display allows you to easily view on one screen while you're working on another. Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you ever went without it.

  • When truly exceptional processing power is needed, it's time to utilize a motherboard that supports two physical processors at the same time. When combined with the latest hex-core processors, this is an absolutely killer combination that results in a rig with an astounding 12 processing cores. Talk about phenomenal speed, leaving typical dual- and quad-core systems in the dust!

So yes, there are many situations in which two components can be better than just one! Be sure to ask us about all of these custom setups - we'd love to chat and explain them in greater detail. Remember, that you certainly won't find configurations like this at your local big-box store, but at Signa we've got you covered!

Kind regards,
Greg Stapells


Living in the Cloud, the dream is now a reality!January 21, 2014
We've all heard about cloud computing and with the world certainly getting smaller, the talk about the cloud is all abuzz. So what is "cloud computing"? It's about accessibility, ease-of-use, and cost savings. We can now share files from anywhere on the web, download and exchange information almost instantly, as well as connect to any piece of information regardless of where we're located. In fact, cloud computing isn't only for business - personal cloud computing is on the rise. The whole notion of platform integration and file sharing has become an easy fit, and often, does not require heavy IT resourcing.

So, you ask... what are the Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing?

Pros


Cost reduction - Cloud computing can reduce hardware costs and the need for IT Staff.

It's Scalable - Cloud computing services allow you to only pay for what you use. As your business grows, you can too by easily adding more server space.

Easier collaboration - Services in the cloud can be accessed anytime from any computer, making it easy to collaborate with others in remote locations.

Backup - Off-site backups can save your business or family pictures and memories in the event of a hard drive crash.


Cons


Availability - will your cloud service go down unexpectedly leaving you without important data for hours or more?

Speed - the Internet is many times slower than a LAN (local area network) so if you have larger files or many files to deal with, you're be better off having them on your own server, or your personal cloud (in your home/office.)

Privacy - how much data are cloud companies collecting and how is that information be used? Once you decide to stop using that cloud service, can you get all your data back and can you ensure the provider will destroy all your data?

Backup - Large amounts of data could take hours or days to backup and/or restore.

Cost - The costs associated with storing and retrieving data in the cloud could exceed storing a local copy on your premises for maximum speed and security, and availability.

Conclusion


Living in the cloud is no longer a dream, it's here! It's important to consider all the angles and choose what's best for your business and for you personally. We'd be happy to help you with this decision, whether it's for your home or your business. Call us, click online, or come on in, we're here to help, that's our promise!


Regards,
Greg Stapells


Let's Talk - Shaping the future through ChatJanuary 13, 2014
In an effort to continually improve the service we offer, and to provide you with tools we think you'll benefit from, we've installed a new premium Chat service on our website.

Visit signa.com, and look for the purple balloon on the lower right side of your browser. It works on desktops, notebooks, tablets, and phones. Go ahead and give it a try. Ask a question, book a service call, or just say hi, we’d love to hear from you. Now that's service!

We welcome your feedback.

Regards,
Greg Stapells


Can 2014 be the year of change?January 6, 2014
Well, Happy 2014 to all, and may it be the best year ever! I hope you and your families are well.

Now that we've survived the ice storm and all the snow, I can safely say most things are back to normal... we hope!

As we at Signa reflect on 2013, for us it was the year of innovation, communication and inspiration. Thank you for all your support, the stories of how we helped you over the past year, and most of all, the kind words we like to hear... being your trusted, "go-to" neighborhood computer retailer.

2014 promises to be a great year and we believe, the year of Collaboration, Community and Proactivity.

At Signa, one thing is for sure, we are all about delivering the best service to you, for your needs and your budget, with no big box "sales" mentality... We Promise. That's the Signa difference. We will continue to provide you with peace of mind when you look to us to help you with:

  • Wifi support or service
  • Tablets
  • Phones - sales and repairs
  • MAC and PC upgrades or repairs
  • Cabling and networking
  • Wall mounting TVs
  • In home or in store service


Or... just some FREE advice. Call us and experience Signa. In your neighborhood!

Happy New Year,
Greg Stapells


Help Make Your Holidays a Little Less Stressful...December 20, 2013
As we get closer to the holidays and are busy finishing up our shopping and last minute preparations, its a good time to let someone else solve any outstanding technology issues.

We can help with:

  • choosing the right notebook, tablet, or desktop
  • speeding up a slow computer or tablet
  • improving wifi speed and strength
  • cleaning up and organizing cabling
  • replacing worn out keyboard and batteries
  • even reprogramming a remote control to work better


So drop by, send me an email, or give us a call. We're in your neighborhood and are always here to help.

A very Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Greg Stapells


Is your Older Technology Saving You Money or Costing You a Fortune?December 3, 2013
Modern PCs powered by fast, efficient Intel Core processors and Windows 7 or Windows 8 can help reduce your total cost of ownership.

The Clock Is Ticking
As of April 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. When security patches and system updates cease, you'll need to fill the vacuum with expensive custom software development and increasingly complex management and support efforts to address growing incompatibilities. You'll also increase your risk of falling prey to malware, failing audits, and losing critical certifications. Even productivity will suffer as your workers grow frustrated with slower performance, outdated technologies, and a lack of support for newer devices.

Challenges Bring Opportunities
When weighing the costs and benefits of upgrading, many decision makers focus on the initial capital expense. But as Figure 1 shows, after about three years, support and remediation costs rise significantly, increasing your total cost of ownership (TCO). Newer systems are more cost effective because they are easier to manage, operate more efficiently, and reduce remediation costs by keeping you safer. Windows 8 integrates Intel hardware security features into startup and run-time protections and provides new features to detect and block malware at startup, simplify two-factor authentication, and enable full-disk encryption.



Comprehensive Remote Management
Newer devices powered by Intel Core vPro processors offer comprehensive remote management with Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) and remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) capabilities. Administrators can remediate problems, push out updates, and even restart or access remote systems that are powered down or have disabled operating systems. This high degree of manageability and access can translate into lower support costs and higher levels of uptime and satisfaction for users.

Fast, Efficient Computing
Windows XP and similar-vintage PCs were state of the art in 2001, but by today's standard they lag in performance and efficiency. In comparison, devices powered by 3rd and 4th generation Intel Core processors and Windows 7 or Windows 8 offer fast, efficient operation, with higher productivity and usability. With Windows 8, users have a consistent user experience with touch-enabled computing across PCs, Ultrabook devices, and tablet devices. Enhanced usability translates into lower training and support costs while meeting the high expectations of users looking for a fast, reliable, and flexible experience.

State of the Art Performance, Lower TCO
Don't get caught without a game plan when support expires for Windows XP. Learn more about the cost, security, and performance benefits of Windows 7 and Windows 8 on devices powered by current generation Intel Core processors.

Regards,
Greg Stapells


One new part can make a whole new systemNovember 27, 2013
Well, the cold weather sure set in fast, didn't it? It's getting dark by 5 so the days are shorter, but we have no shortage of things to do - installing snow tires, putting up holiday decorations, shopping for gifts, the list goes on!

One theme that's really common this year is we're all trying to save a little money where we can. We've noticed this in the number of clients keeping their old Macs and PCs going that much longer rather than just replacing them, and why not? You can save hundreds of dollars putting off that new computer purchase by simply upgrading your current computer.

At Signa we've been transforming older Macs and PCs with just one or two parts and a fresh install of software. In fact some of our new performance-boosting tweaks have resulted in better-than-new performance, guaranteed. How does that sound?

Regards,
Greg Stapells


Life's busy, we can help with your technologyOctober 22, 2013
Signa is here for you, and for all of your technology needs.

When you're looking for a new PC, Mac, notebook or tablet, our staff will take the time to discuss your needs and options, then help you choose the device that's exactly right for you.

If you're satisfied with your current devices, but need repairs or a little bit of an upgrade to extend their life, we're here for that too. In fact, you'd probably be surprised at just what can be fixed, and it's a good way to save!

Also, we realize that with today's increasingly busy lifestyles, it's becoming more and more difficult to keep pace with technology. If there's anything that's giving you trouble (your computer/tablet/phone or even a universal remote) just drop in or give us a call. Our staff is composed of tech enthusiasts, and we're all here to help! We're more than happy to assist you with configuring and troubleshooting so that you can get the most out of your computers, tablets, and phones.

If you're too busy to stop by, don't worry - we offer an unparalleled level of service, and will come right to your home or office to assist you. We take our service promise seriously.

Please don't hesitate to send me any questions you may have.

Thank you,
Greg Stapells


OCTOBER 17: WINDOWS 8.1 HAS LANDEDOctober 17, 2013
Yes, WINDOWS 8.1 is here, an experience like you've never experienced before. It's FREE and easy to install and Signa is here to help every step of the way!

Check out Marc Saltzman's writeup on 8.1, including some interesting market share stats. Also included is Microsoft's deep dive PDF for even more information.

Whether you need a new computer, a service call or a tune-up to your PC or Mac, Signa can guide you through any decisions you need to make. We'll continue to provide you with the peace of mind you need to stay up and running, and the knowledge you need to make smart choices about you technology needs.

Call, email, or come on in and learn more about WINDOWS 8.1 and why it makes sense to shop locally.

Thank you,

Greg Stapells


Martha Stewart, Meet SignaOctober 2, 2013
I'm sure some of you may have read that Martha Stewart recently broke her iPad, and that she expected Apple to come to her door, pick it up, and replace/fix it.

Of course, Apple doesn't do that, but what many people don't know is that Signa does do that! Being a boutique store we can offer the extra level of service many of our clients require. We can pick up your computer, tablet, or phone, resolve the problem and deliver it right back to you.

We can also help recommend a custom Apple solution: an iPad, iMac, Macbook or iPhone, and we'll even go one step further by making the purchase for you. We'll set-up your home or office, and if needed, guide you through the set up and ensure you can use everything afterwards... Now that's that Signa Service difference!

We're about the same price as the Apple store, and we provide the installation and training you need. Rest assured you won't have to wait in line either, and if you have any questions, we're always available.

Thanks as always, and remember: Signa is here to help you. We're better than the big box stores, let us prove it to you!

Thank you,
Greg Stapells


One Year Later - 10 Things we've learned about Windows 8September 27, 2013
Windows 8 was released Oct 26, 2012 and was met with the same skepticism as all new versions of Windows that incorporated big changes. We found exactly the same reaction with Windows 95. Many swore they'd never upgrade from Windows 3.1, and hated the new start menu. Today everyone wants the start menu put back! After hundreds of upgrades and new PCs (and Macs) we've installed Windows 8 on, here’s what we’ve discovered:

10.) The old adage, "new OS, new computer" sometimes holds true with Windows 8. While it works on most configs, some older machines work best with their older OS, like XP. If you'd really like to run 8, it's best to consider replacing the machine.

9.) Windows 8 supports UEFI, a really fast way to load windows. If you want the fastest load times possible, Windows 8 is the only way to go. It loads in about 3.5 seconds on some of our machines! (by comparison, Windows 7 takes 2 to 3 times longer to load)

8.) It's the most secure and trouble-free operating system yet. We haven't had a single Windows 8 machine come in with a malware problem. Most have been with XP or Vista with security turned off.

7.) The 8.1 Update has helped ease many people from Windows 7 to 8 by bringing back a start button and allowing you to boot directly to the desktop if you prefer.

6.) Windows 8 can be configured to look and act just like Windows 7. I've shown people my Windows 8 here at Signa and most don't even realize it's 8 when sitting at the desktop.

5.) Windows 8 comes with a free music service called "Xbox Music" that allows you to stream (play) any number of songs you can think of, for up to 9 hours per month, all for free! You can create your own playlists which save to the cloud and can be accessed on any computer you log into with your Hotmail/Live/Outlook email address with. It's a great feature that, many don't realize is there.

4.) We're not sure why some people don't like the new start menu tiles - we think they're great. Lots of fun seeing live updates of your favourite news sources, seeing your pics in a slide show, or just running programs... the brightly coloured live tiles make everything a little more enjoyable. One tap of the Windows key and you're back to the good old desktop if you prefer.

3.) The Microsoft Store has some great games, and many of the good ones are free. The Xbox Games play on your PC, your Xbox, and Surface tablet.

2.) We've found that Windows 8 runs every single program that runs under Windows 7. Whether the software developer says so or not, we've found them to work just fine.

1.) You don't need a touchscreen to enjoy Windows 8! While it works well with a touchscreen notebook etc, it works just fine with standard monitors on desktops and notebooks too!

So that's our top 10 on Windows 8, pared down from much larger list. What are your thoughts or questions it? Please don't hesitate to ask me your questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thanks,
Greg Stapells


Like us, computers need to be tuned for performanceSeptember 13, 2013
Well, it looks like we made it through our second week of back to school! If you weren't dealing with kids you had the extra volume of traffic to contend with.

As things are settling back down and life is returning to normal, hopefully we'll have a little more time to enjoy the things we like doing. For some, that's playing a game or two on the computer. For others, it's spending time organizing and optimizing family photos. For most of us, it's catching up with emails, reading our favourite newspaper online, and spending time on our favourite websites.

Signa can assist in keeping your computers and technology fit and healthy and working their best. Whether its an upgrade, a cleaning, or even a general at-home or in-store service call, rest assured, your computer will leave us healthier than ever. Like us, computers need to be tuned for long-term performance so don't hesitate - give us a call, send us an e-mail, or come on in! We're always here to help.

Call Now For Fast, Professional Service :

  • Custom PC and Mac Desktops, Notebooks, and Tablets
  • In-Home/Office Service same day
  • PC/MAC Repairs and Upgrades
  • Cracked LCD/Keyboard Notebook Repairs
  • Custom Cabling - Network / Phone / TV
  • Blackberry / iPhone / Android Experts
  • Cisco VoIP Business Telephone Installation.
  • Fee-based Help-desk (phone) support


Thank you,
Greg Stapells


Breathe New Life Into Your Older EquipmentAugust 27, 2013
We've all seen or owned them - an old PC that just won't quit. It's a workhorse of the household, that desktop or notebook that you can count on to just get things done. It may have all the family photos on it, years of tax returns, a favourite game or two, maybe a resume. Whatever it is, it's valued, and can't be transferred to an iPad.

We recently took in a 9 year old Dell and with a small upgrade, transformed it into a new high-performance machine, without losing a single byte of information. Many people don't care about appearance, and some prefer (and are used to) an older look and style. On the other hand, if a more modern look is what you are after, did you know updating the appearance of an older desktop is as simple as changing the case? It's true, and we do it all the time. Here's a before-and-after, from an early-2000’s XP machine to a new Windows 7/8 look:



Whatever your technology needs are, Signa can keep things running and looking their best. So drop by with your desktop, notebook, tablet, or phone and we'll do our best to deliver our promise and keep you running smoothly, each and every day.

P.S. send me your questions, it's always nice hearing back from our clients!

Thank you,
Greg Stapells


Small But Mighty! Does Size Really Matter?August 21, 2013
Dear friends,

Well, it appears another heat wave is upon us. I hope you are finding ways to stay cool! This week's email topic is Compact Desktop PCs. Does size really matter? The compact desktops are optimized for space-saving in small office and home environments, and still operate many times faster than the large towers we used to sell. They are ideally suited to an environment where a quiet, compact chassis and HD-friendly connectivity trumps raw processing power.

Have a look at our most popular configs and see if anything "small but mighty" may meet your needs. As always, we're here to help so keep us in mind as we can customize anything to fit all your needs - decor, lifestyle and budget.

Feel free to send me any questions you may have, and I'll do my best to respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you,
Greg Stapells


Stay Connected Wherever You AreAugust 15, 2013
Dear Friends,

It looks like the summer heat wave has passed and we're now into some really comfortable temperatures - gotta love Canadian weather!

Even though we're all enjoying the great outdoors and staying active, it doesn't mean we have to be "off the grid" or disconnected from internet/email communication. Phones and tablets are ideal tools for keeping in touch with everyone from the comfort of your lawn chair, cottage, or boat.

New technologies give you new abilities, although new devices also come with a bit of a learning curve attached... That's something we can help with. We'll transfer all your data off your blackberry or older phone and sync it all to your new Smart Phone or tablet. Then we'll sit down with you and show you how to use your new device, and set you up in no time flat. We can even make your new phone or tablet easier to use by making fonts larger and turning on other enhancements which can make the experience much better for you.

So give us a call, send us an email, or better yet, drop in and say hi, and tell us how we can help you with a new smartphone or tablet. We're always here to help, it's our promise to you.

Regards,

Greg


An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of CureJuly 9, 2013
It's an old saying you may have heard before, which basically means preventing a problem is far more cost effective than fixing something after it fails. This old adage especially rings true with computer problems, and many of the repair jobs we encounter are caused by lack of preventive maintenance leading to a failure.

Here are the top three things you can do to keep your computer running longer, the "Three C's" of cooler computing :

  • Cleaning - a clean computer runs cooler than a dust-clogged one. Take it apart and use compressed air to clean it out, and re-apply fresh heat sink compound to the CPU. This applies to Custom PCs (desktops) as well as notebooks or laptops.
  • Cooling fans - most computers contain cooling fans which have bearings that dry up over time, causing the fan to seize up and the device to overheat due to lack of airflow. Replace any fans that have failed or are over 4 or 5 years old. Not only will it run cooler, the replacement will most likely be quieter than the original, too.
  • Chill mats - these are thin cooling decks you sit your notebook on which contain fans that help keep cool air flowing through your notebook to keep temps down.

There you have it, our top three ways to keep your computer running cooler and longer.

Please don't hesitate to ask me a question or two about your computer maintenance.

As always,
Greg Stapells


Summer Camp For Your Computer?July 4, 2013
We hope that you all had a great Canada Day to kick-off the arrival of Summer, and that you're either planning for your vacations or already starting to enjoy them.

Vacation time is also a great time to get your computers into what we call “Camp”... Computer Attention for Maximum Performance! It’s an often-missed but important time to refresh and maintain your computers. Caring now for them NOW will prove to be a great short- and long-term strategy for peace of mind down the road. Like our kids at camp, it’s a much needed break.

  • Time for a Performance Boost: if your desktop or notebook is running a bit slow, now is a good time to drop it off and have it tuned to perfection. Let the experts at Signa get your PC or Mac back up and running the way it used to when you first bought it.
  • Fix Your Slow Internet: if your internet is slower than it should be, we can help! We have many years of experience troubleshooting and fixing network connectivity problems. We'll come right to your door and make sure you're getting the most out of your net connection.
  • Improve your WIFI signal: WIFI is amazing and very convenient technology, but not every environment is ideally suited to it. Signa can improve the reliability, speed, and security of your WIFI network with a few simple upgrades.
  • Virus and Malware removal: cleaning a computer that's infested with malware can be a major undertaking. Let us handle all the hassle, and get your notebook or desktop machine back to health.

Signa is here to do all the unpleasant and time-consuming work so you don't have to worry about it. Enjoy your summer vacation, and we'll make sure that your computers and other devices are all running smoothly. It’s our promise to you, so drop us a line or come on in, we’re here all summer. We’ll even pour you a cold glass of lemonade!

Kind Regards,
Greg Stapells


Windows 8.1 Preview is HEREJune 26, 2013
As promised, Microsoft released a preview of 8.1 "Blue" today, June 26th, and it is available here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview

From Microsoft:

Download Windows 8.1 Preview


Follow these steps to download the Windows 8.1 Preview:

  • Tap or click Get the update on this page, and then follow the instructions.
  • Restart your PC when prompted, and then tap or click the message that appears to get the update from the Windows Store.
  • In the Store, follow the instructions to download and complete the installation.
  • Get the update


Note before you download: If you don't have recovery media, we recommend that you create a USB recovery drive before you install Windows 8.1 Preview so that you can go back to Windows 8 if you need to.

If you're running Windows 8 Enterprise or the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation on your PC, you'll need to download the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files.

You can find system requirements, support options, and additional information in the
FAQ and in the links on this page.


Windows 8.1 delivers some of the following features:

  1. Improved PC Settings : now gives you access to all the settings on your PC/notebook/tablet without having to go to the Control Panel.
  2. Aggregated search : the search charm will now search across your local files, SkyDrive, and Bing all at once.
  3. Better App views : Multiple app views and better snapping have been added. You can now make any app any size that you like, easily snap two apps side-by-side onscreen, and have up to three apps up and running on-screen at once.
  4. Better SkyDrive integration : you will now be able to save files directly to SkyDrive.
  5. Improved Apps : default/built-in apps are getting a boost, with handy new features added to the Photos, Mail, SkyDrive, and Camera apps.
  6. Lock Screen slide-show : you can now have a series of photos as a slideshow on your lock screen, either from local storage or SkyDrive. On your tablet, you can also snap photos from the lock screen without having to log-in.
  7. Varied tile sizes : Windows 8.1 allows you to create start tiles of various sizes, just like you can on Windows Phone.
  8. New Browser : IE 11 will also arrive with the Windows 8.1 update, and Modern IE 11 will provide many enhancements, including unlimited tabs, permanently visible location bar, and syncing across other 8.1 devices.
  9. New boot options : if you don't like the Tiles view, Win 8.1 can boot directly to Apps view
  10. Windows Store improvements : these include automatic updates of apps on your local device as they are updated in the store, a more convenient search, listings of similar apps to help you discover other related utilities, and better descriptions to help you more easily understand the apps you find.


It sounds like the end of the month will bring some very exciting new features to play with! Stay tuned, as we'll be sure to have more on this topic as the final release date draws nearer.


Being Blue is a great thing, The Up and coming Windows 'Blue' 8.1June 12, 2013
Arriving at the end of June is Microsoft's free update to Windows 8.1 (code-named "Windows Blue") which adds many exciting new changes! Among these are :


  1. Improved PC Settings : now gives you access to all the settings on your PC/notebook/tablet without having to go to the Control Panel.
  2. Aggregated search : the search charm will now search across your local files, SkyDrive, and Bing all at once.
  3. Better App views : Multiple app views and better snapping have been added. You can now make any app any size that you like, easily snap two apps side-by-side onscreen, and have up to three apps up and running on-screen at once.
  4. Better SkyDrive integration : you will now be able to save files directly to SkyDrive.
  5. Improved Apps : default/built-in apps are getting a boost, with handy new features added to the Photos, Mail, SkyDrive, and Camera apps.
  6. Lock Screen slide-show : you can now have a series of photos as a slideshow on your lock screen, either from local storage or SkyDrive. On your tablet, you can also snap photos from the lock screen without having to log-in.
  7. Varied tile sizes : Windows 8.1 allows you to create start tiles of various sizes, just like you can on Windows Phone.
  8. New Browser : IE 11 will also arrive with the Windows 8.1 update, and Modern IE 11 will provide many enhancements, including unlimited tabs, permanently visible location bar, and syncing across other 8.1 devices.
  9. New boot options : if you don't like the Tiles view, Win 8.1 can boot directly to Apps view.
  10. Windows Store improvements : these include automatic updates of apps on your local device as they are updated in the store, a more convenient search, listings of similar apps to help you discover other related utilities, and better descriptions to help you more easily understand the apps you find.


It sounds like the end of the month will bring some very exciting new features to play with! Stay tuned, as we'll be sure to have more on this topic as the release date draws nearer.

Kind Regards,
Greg Stapells


Why do customers keep coming back? Why build loyalty?May 16, 2013
These days, especially in small business, it's vital that your customers keep coming back - that you create loyalty. Most small businesses rely on three key areas to build loyalty: service, the buying experience, and the promise to deliver. In any case, the ability to create loyalty and repeat business actually increases lifetime value too. Most customers will continue to buy from you and become loyal if they recognize that the customer is most important when they interact with your brand. If they feel that your service and experience delivers, they will keep coming back. Now, that's loyalty!

Our clients tell us we provide a combination of these vital elements as well as knowledge, which is a key element to creating a happy client. We always deliver on our promise, continue to provide "peace of mind", and the products that are right for you. We do not sell you what you don't need... another key factor in building great loyalty, which is trust. But more than that, being a small, niche retailer like Signa, we deliver that service experience every time out. We're proud to have loyal customers and we appreciate every one of you.

That's the Signa difference. So call us, surf online, or come in for some real expert advice... one-on-one candid conversation and the experience you deserve, every time. We promise!

Greg Stapells


You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!May 2, 2013
Many clients come to us and ask us about performance. We always prescribe the right medicine, which typically leads to the psychology of computer maintenance 101. Often we're challenged with budgetary issues, and many times we see our clients have computers that are perfectly capable, they just need a boost... We've all experienced performance issues. We understand that, and have been rejuvenating older Macs and PCs for years. Often, it just takes a bit of smart, proactive thinking to get your computers performing for you.

Here are two examples:

  • Apple System: 5 year old white Macbook. Problems: slow, missing key, bad battery. Signa solution: installed new key, replaced battery, boosted performance at least 300%
  • PC System: 5 year old Dell Notebook. Problems: slow, out of hard drive space. Signa Solution: replaced hard drive, added memory, boosted performance at least 100%
  • Customer Feedback: "Greg, I can't tell you how amazing my two computers are performing, they're like new. I would of spent thousands of dollars replacing them, thanks so much for your words of wisdom, they run like well-oiled machines. You guys are the best!"


These are just two examples of what we can do to help make your money go further. In addition, we're currently offering a 20% discount on all in store and at home service, and as always, we're here to help and are just a few blocks away. We'll take care of you as always, we're in your neighbourhood, ready to lend a hand.

So, come on in for a visit! We look forward to seeing you at Signa, and thanks again for your continued support.

Thank you,
Greg Stapells


Windows 8: it's like going from the stone age to space ageApril 23, 2013
Free training on Windows 8 with every new PC purchase! We know how tough change is, especially going from an old computer to a new one, and now, moving into a brand new world.....Windows 8!

Windows 8 is so drastically different from 7, it's like going from the stone age to the space age. We've heard many opinions and the feedback we've received has been very valuable and because of this, we're offering something to you for FREE - A 30 minute training session with the owner of Signa with every purchase of a new PC - ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Most of our clients love the new Windows experience especially how the "start menu" has transformed into the constantly-updating Start Screen (think CP24), with "Live Tiles." Some of you though, refused to upgrade because of it. We understand how intimidating change can be, but we can help. This is your chance to test-drive the new platform, with a personal trainer at your side.

We are committed to our customers, and I will personally train each and every person that buys a desktop, notebook, or upgrades to windows 8, with one 30 min Windows 8 lesson.

We're always here to help (almost 20 years now!) and our promise is to continue to provide peace of mind every time you purchase something from us. So give us a call, email, or come on in, and we'll prove that change is a great thing.

Thank you,

Greg Stapells


PC Gaming's Biggest "Secrets" April 17, 2013
Although you might not consider yourself a gamer, do you know your PC can double as a gaming console delivering a much greater user experience? Here are some of the advantages!

People today spend a lot of time and money on devices and consoles when in fact, they have one right in front of their noses... Yes, your own PC! Did you know your PC is the optimum device for all your gaming needs and, can also save you time, money and frustration in addition to delivering a much greater gaming experience? Here are some of the key advantages our experts have noted your PC can deliver :


  • More types of games with more gameplay variety - discover entirely new genres (like RTSs and MMOs) which are almost completely absent from consoles but available in abundance on the PC.
  • Control - better controls with a keyboard and mouse. Actually aim precisely and know that you have skill, rather than relying on auto-aim to do it for you.
  • Higher resolution on your PC, enhanced detail and better video experience - even older titles from a decade ago all run in high definition or better. Push your detail way beyond what consoles can handle, and run at a razor-sharp 2560X1600.
  • Get up close and personal - ever miss seeing the enemy in the distance because you're too far away from the screen? Get up close and personal with your monitor and fill your view a truly immersive rendering of the game world.
  • Take advantage of user-created content - Download tons of free maps and mods which simply aren't available on consoles. Give many PC games new levels to play, new skins, and sometimes even entirely new gameplay modes - all for free! The PC is where modding began, and it's still where it's at.
  • Instantly find tips online while gaming - stuck on a particular level and can't find the way out? Google is your friend, and it's only an ALT-Tab away!
  • Protect your gaming library - console games are tied to each console generation, and once your console's kaput, you can't play anymore. PCs are a very generic and flexible platform though, and most older games (even ones from as far back as the 1980's) can still be run on modern PC hardware.
  • Your PC is a multi-purpose machine good for all types of usage - when you're not gaming, you can actually use it to do other things. You can even make games with a PC!


At Signa, we're always here to help and provide you with the knowledge and peace of mind you need to make sound decisions. Please call, surf online, or come in for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Greg Stapells


5 Ways To Maximize Your in-home WiFi Experience April 9, 2013
Have you ever experienced a weak internet signal, drop off, or just a slow connection? Well, there are many ways you can increase range and speed and with these tips, we hope you'll increase your at home WiFi experience.


  1. Move your wireless router to a central location: The best spot for your router is on a main floor, as close as possible to the center of your home. Also, try and keep it away from walls and metal objects. Nice high placement on a shelf usually works best, and don't be afraid to experiment and see what spot works best. Keep any doors open that separate you from your router; even hollow wooden ones will cause you to lose bars.
  2. Replace your router: Routers have improved greatly over the years, so if yours is 3+ years old, you may want to consider replacing it with a newer model. This almost always boosts signal strength and speed and as an added bonus, doesn't need rebooting as often.
  3. Replace your WiFi card in PC, or upgrade the wireless card in your notebook: Wireless-N gives the best range and speed, and where possible, you should try to match the brands of wireless products. E.g. D-Link routers work best with D-Link wireless cards. Some notebooks can be upgraded with newer Wi-Fi cards. Drop by with your notebook and we'll be able to tell you on the spot if this can be done.
  4. Install a Range Expander or Repeater: These work great to boost the signal in problem areas of your home, whether it be a bedroom, a basement corner, or your back patio.
  5. Run a hard-wired Ethernet cable: When all else fails, it's time to consider a hard wired Ethernet cable to connect your PC or Mac. While the most difficult to install, you can't beat the speed and reliability of a physical network connection. Snap that cable into the wall jack and you'll find you'll cut down on router reboots and find much reduced latency or lag time.


At Signa, we're always here to help and provide you with the knowledge and peace of mind you need to make sound decisions. Please call, surf online, or come in for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!

Warm Regards,

Greg Stapells


April Showers Spring IE10 BrowsersApril 2, 2013
... and those browsers will love the new Internet Explorer 10... Recently released with some serious enhancements to boot. Not only is IE 10 smooth with Windows 7, but is included in Windows 8 and, with all its cool added features, is a huge hit and worth exploring! It's a great time to test drive Windows 8 with IE 10 or upgrade your system. Come on in for a test drive!

Here are some of the features that promise to make your Internet experience even better with IE 10:

  • Offers better security and safer browsing
  • Touch screen optimized for all tablets
  • Comprehensive management and deployment tools for big and small business
  • Emulation modes supporting sites designed around IE9, IE8, IE7, and “quirks” modes
  • Unprecedented support for modern standards such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG, and ECMAScript5.1
  • Tom's Hardware says IE10 performs 37% faster than Google Chrome on Windows 8


At Signa, we offer a wide array of products and services that make your life easier and less stressful. Our promise is to deliver the best solution for your budget and needs, whether it's for your home or business. So come on in for a visit, test drive Windows 8 and IE 10, or ask us how to optimize your technology to keep you as efficient as possible.

Warm Regards,

Greg Stapells


Re-Install, Re-fresh equals Re-sults - 3 words to live by for better performance! March 28, 2013
Did you know that the experts say one of the key elements that will allow your computer to perform better is to simply re-install your operating system? Well it's true.

A simple and easy practice to live by as your PC or MAC will perform even better over the long haul. Think of it as an engine tune up, a furnace cleaning, or your annual physical - the more proactive you are about your computer's maintenance, the better it will perform, and the longer it will last.

We can help, and as always, peace of mind is our promise -- to keep you and your computers in tip top shape! So, click, or call, or just come in! We're happy to help, and always at your service... whether it's an in-store upgrade or an at-home/office service call, we are your support team. We guarantee you'll be back and will love the Signa experience, every time!

Warm Regards,
Greg Stapells

Signa News

Drinks, Treats, Live Jazz! See you this Sat 1-4pm!December 4, 2014
Wow, it's hard to beleive that the days are flying by so fast! The big day is almost here! We're so excited, and we hope to see you all at the Signa Christmas Party - everyone is welcome! You're invited to join us this Saturday, December 6th at 3457 Yonge Street from 1pm to 4pm for live music, treats, holiday cheer, and a 50/50 draw to be won by one lucky party-goer (with proceeds going to the Sanfilippo Children's Research Foundation, a registered Canadian charity.)

We're serving up cookies, irresistible peanut-fudge squares, wine, and live music provided by Paul MacLeod the pianist from Deacons of Jazz. So come join us for cookies, sweets, home-baked treats and some Jazzy beats!

See you there,
Greg Stapells


It's a Party, and You're Invited!November 26, 2014
The holidays are rapidly approaching, and so is the date for Signa's annual Christmas party. You're invited to join us on December 6th from 1pm to 4pm for live music, treats, holiday cheer, and a 50/50 draw to be won by one lucky party-goer (with proceeds going to the Sanfilippo Children's Research Foundation, a registered Canadian charity.)

We're serving up cookies, irresistible peanut-fudge squares (let us know in advance if you have a peanut allergy, we can tweak the recipe), wine, and live music provided by Paul MacLeod the pianist from Deacons of Jazz. So come join us for cookies, sweets, home-baked treats and Jazzy beats!

See you there,
Greg Stapells


Welcome to the Signa Family Corgan!November 10, 2014
Signa is happy to welcome a new employee, Corgan Rikkonen to the Team. He's helping us full time with all-important customer service follow up calls, starting off full time then moving to part time throughout his college program.


An Exceptional Desktop PC!November 8, 2014
We just sold one of these amazing custom built PCs. Come and get yours today!


Tiny Package, Big Potential!October 25, 2014
Hey check out our new media PC, it's ridiculously small, about the size of an Apple but does a ton more!

-it can mount to the back of an LCD monitor
-or can sit on a shelf and plug into a flatscreen TV
-takes Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or (next year) Windows 10!



Get One Hour of Free In-Store Service On Saturdays This August!August 1, 2014
For the month of August, we're offering a FREE hour (60 minutes) of in-shop labour valued at $65 plus tax.

Promotion starts this Saturday August 2nd, and continues through every Saturday this month. For even more discounts, refer your friends, family and employer, and earn another $25 off. See our referral page for details.

So come on in this Saturday or any Saturday in August - bring your Mac or PC and save some money!

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells


Recordbreaking JuneJuly 6, 2014
With all the was going on last month, we were pleasantly surprised that June 2014 was another stronger-than-ever month for us. Lots of desktops and notebooks, and we completed re-wired an entire office. Great month, thanks everyone!


New "Open-box" section goes live today!July 5, 2014
For your convenience, we've added a new “Open-Box” section to our main menu for better visibility of used, demo, open-box and other specially discounted items. Be sure to check often and take advantage of these great deals - quantities are always limited, and they don't last long!


Just Arrived - Samsung, LG, HTC and Apple chargers!July 5, 2014
We're selling more and more phone accessories, and just got a new shipment of Samsung, LG, HTC and Apple chargers.


June System FlyerJune 18, 2014
Our June System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


Signa's Top-Selling Desktops for 2014June 12, 2014
Our top selling PCs this year are gaming and CAD PCs, with media PCs seeing a notable rise in popularity. Check out the link below for our hottest desktops!


New Feature Tiles...June 1, 2014
Our new feature tiles (those big colourful pics that continually cycle on our main page) were just added -- we hope you like them! Let us know what you think of them by sending us feedback at sales@signa.com or through our feedback form here.


Signa Services - We're here for you!May 28, 2014
Just a reminder of the services that we provide:


  • Help choosing the right desktop, notebook, tablet, or server (PC and Mac)
  • PC/MAC Repairs & Upgrades
  • Cracked LCD/Keyboard Notebook Repairs
  • Liquid Damage Restoration for Phones and Notebooks
  • Custom Cabling - Network / Phone / TV
  • Windows 7 and 8 / Mac Specialists
  • Software Services for PC Law, QuickBooks etc.
  • Data Recovery for Failed Hard Drives
  • Blackberry / iPhone / Android Experts
  • Help Desk Support for Companies Without Sufficient I.T. Staff
  • In-Home/Office Service same day


NEW - Live Chat with Signa!May 14, 2014
In an effort to continually improve the service we offer, and to provide you with tools we think you'll benefit from, we've installed a new premium chat service on our website.

Visit signa.com, and look for the purple balloon on the lower right side of your browser. It works on desktops, notebooks, tablets, and phones. Go ahead and give it a try. Ask a question, book a service call, or just say hi, we’d love to hear from you. Now that's service!


April System FlyerApril 18, 2014
Our April System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


Feburary System FlyerFebruary 4, 2014
Our Feburary System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


Happy New Year! :)December 31, 2013
It's New Year's Eve, and we would like to thank all of our 2013 customers for such a good year. We look forward to seeing all of you again in the year of 2014.


Happy Holidays Everyone! :)December 24, 2013
Signa will be closed tomorrow for Christmas, make sure to keep warm and have a great holiday!


Great news! The new Intel Next Unit of Computing arrived.December 21, 2013
We are one of a few stores in Toronto who currently have this new edition in stock! Starting @ a mere $429 you can have a full powered Desktop computer that’s small enough to fit in your pocket and powerful enough to play games or run a media center - plus you can add on more ram, a bigger Solid State hard drive, and a Wi-Fi card!


Signa's 2013 Holiday Party is coming!December 14, 2013
Come join us for our 2013 Holiday Party, Saturday December 14th at 1-4pm. We've got a sweet table full of amazing treats, coco, wine, and other holiday cheer, so please be sure to stop by!


December System FlyerDecember 3, 2013
Our December System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


September System FlyerSeptember 20, 2013
Our September System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


July System FlyerJuly 23, 2013
Our July System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


June System FlyerJune 13, 2013
Our June System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop and notebook configurations!


May System Flyer - the sequel!May 11, 2013
We just got a bunch of fantastic new laptops in, and have updated a few of our systems to give you even more bang for your buck... so we couldn't wait to share the news! Our new May System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop system configurations!


Great news! Ontario Government LOWERS recycling fees for many popular items - yippee!May 2, 2013
It isn't very often that you hear good news when the words "recycling" and "fee" pop up, but we're happy to report that today is an exception!

The Ontario government has now lowered many recycling fees which were implemented to promote responsible management of Waste Electrical and Electronic (also known as WEE.) As a result, many popular electronic items now cost less!

Click the link to check out the new recycling fees.


May System FlyerApril 30, 2013
Our May System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new desktop system configurations!


By Popular Demand : we now carry Fractal Design cases, power supplies, and fans!April 24, 2013
You asked for them, you've ordered them, we get it: you like Fractal Design cases! We're now a Fractal Design Reseller, and have started off big with a dozen PCs for U of T Physics, all built using Fractal Design cases. The university liked the quality, expandability, and clean looks of Core 3000 w/USB top ports.

Find out what all the fuss is about... check out our lineup of Fractal Design products (see link below)


Hot new gaming mouse just in!April 24, 2013
The Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse has arrived! With this mouse in the palm of your hand, achieving victory while gaming is easy!
Features :
  • Customizable ergonomics to fit all hand sizes and grip-styles
  • 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
  • Gaming-grade wireless technology with dock
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 11 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
  • Up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration
  • Approximate Size: 122 mm to 137 mm / 4.80" to 5.39" (Length) x 71 mm / 2.80" (width) x 42 mm / 1.65" (height)
  • Approximate Weight: 115 g / 0.25 lbs. (without battery) to 135 g / 0.29 lbs. (with battery)
  • Battery life: (Approx) 12 hrs (continuous gaming)


March System FlyerMarch 5, 2013
Our March System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


Feburary System FlyerJanuary 30, 2013
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


November System FlyerNovember 2, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99October 2, 2012
The offer is for customers (e.g. Home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic;
  • Windows 7 Home Premium;
  • Windows 7 Professional; or
  • Windows 7 Ultimate.


The promotional price is limited to one upgrade offer per qualified PC purchased, and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.


September System FlyerSeptember 24, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


July System FlyerJuly 7, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


Village Day - Thanks for Joining Us!June 11, 2012
Well, Village Day on Saturday June 9th was a hit! We pulled out the stops for this fun-with-the-family day, sponsored the event, and had a blast. We had posters all up and down Yonge Street, a radio spot running on Vinyl FM, and kids handing out fliers. Our big draw was our 7 exotic reptiles including a 5’ Alligator and a 20’ cobra and a bunch of other cool critters. And a clown/balloonist and free popcorn. Our day drew hundreds of people and raised hundreds of dollars for Sick Kids Hospital which we are delighted to support.

Thanks to everyone that came out and made our event the success that it was!

Best Regards,
Greg Stapells, Owner


Come See Us at Village Day! (We Brought the REPTILES!)May 31, 2012
Signa is pleased to announce our support of Village Day on June 9th 2012. As a sponsor this year, we've pulled out the stops (and animals) and will have some amazing entertainment for you and your family the entire day! Drop by the store, enjoy a hot dog or hamburger, popcorn and lemonade, as all the proceeds will be going to The SickKids Hospital Foundation. Check out our main attraction - REPTILLIA ZOO and Education Center, as some pretty amazing animals will be here. We'll also have a Balloon Sculpting Clown from 2-4PM.You won't want to miss it! Be sure to bring your cameras!

Download our event schedule by clicking on link below...

P.S. Listen for us on VINYL 95.3 FM from Sun, June 3rd, thru Sat, June 9th

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind Regards,
Greg


May System FlyerMay 11, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


March System FlyerMarch 11, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


February System FlyerFebruary 13, 2012
Our latest System flyer is now available on-line in downloadable PDF and JPEG format. Be sure to take a look and check out our latest deals and hot new system configurations!


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